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Sep 19, 2013 at 12:50pm IST

Mecca Masjid blasts: HC recalls order on relief to men wrongly accused

Hyderabad: In a significant development, the Andhra Pradesh High Court has recalled its Monday order staying monetary to relief Muslim youth wrongly accused in the Mecca Masjid blasts case in May 2007. The AP HC on Thursday recalled its order and made the victims/beneficiaries as respondents in the case (which wasn't done before), giving them two weeks' time to respond, following which a fresh order may be given by the court.

The AP HC decision to cancel the monetary compensation to 70 Muslim men who were wrongly detained or arrested by the police in connection with the Mecca Masjid blasts had led to a furore.

The HC had cancelled the government decision on the grounds that it went beyond its jurisdiction. It had asked the youth to file a case in a civil court seeking compensation.

The AP CM N Kiran Kumar Reddy had expressed his displeasure over the order indicating that the state might appeal in the Supreme Court. Hyderabad MP and MIM chief Asauddin Owaisi had also criticised the order saying that it will polarise the Muslims further.